The Sonder Press publishes an annual collection of tiny stories that hold a large capacity to astonish. This year, series editor Nathan Leslie along with Guest Editor Elaine Chiew have pulled over a hundred pieces from a wide array of journals. The Best Small Fictions 2022 includes a flash fiction, “Permeable”, i imagined from news around northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters.
If corporations might be considered predatory, this story celebrates the idea of the heightened intelligence of prey, often a jump ahead. With a nod to an Escher painting someone showed me years ago, let’s celebrate the playful power of imagination to open necessary new ways forward.